ALTfest headlining acts announced

ALTfest headlining acts announced

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Two of the country’s big-name acts are heading to Hawera.

Ladi6 and Kids of 88 will be headlining this year’s ALTfest on Saturday 15 December.

South Taranaki District Council’s community services group manager Fiona Greenhill expects there will be a strong demand for tickets from across the region and encourages those interested to mark when tickets go on sale - Thursday 1 November - into their calendars now!

“We’re thrilled to be able to secure these two big-name bands! And although the weather was not kind to us last year, we are optimistic for a fine day with a great selection of music,” says Ms Greenhill. “ALTfest, like its name, offers people an exciting, fun, alternative event in a safe and secure environment.”

Gates at the Hawera Show Grounds (Williams Avenue entrance), open at 1.30pm, and the entertainment will kick off from 2pm with local acts before the two headlining acts take the stage.

This event is R16 and ID will be required. Please note that there is no BYO this year. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcholic, and food will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are available from Thursday 1 November for $32.50 (plus booking fee) from the South Taranaki i-SITE Visitor Centre or Ticketdirect ( or 0800 4 TICKET.

This event is brought to you by South Taranaki District Council and The Edge FM. Supported by TSB Community Trust.

Ladi6 has been called "New Zealand's answer to Erykah Badu". She spent six months living in Berlin and touring Europe in both 2010 and 2011. Her debut album Time Is Not Much debuted at number 4 on the New Zealand Top 40 Album chart and her sophomore album The Liberation Of... debuted at number 6 and was certified gold. Her single Like Water was certified platinum in June 2011. She has won many awards, including Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Hip Hop Album at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards. The current line-up of the wider Ladi6 group is Ladi6, her partner Parks (a.k.a. Brent Park) and Julien Dyne.

Kids of 88
Kids of 88 are a New Zealand New Wave duo based in Auckland. The four-piece band, consisting of Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy, are best known for their 2009 single, My House. Kids of 88 just released their latest album Modern Love on 5 October.
They have signed through Dryden Street to Sony Music and released Sugarpills in August 2010. Kids of 88 won Single of the Year and Best Music Video for Just a Little Bit at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards.